|47 % of sixth graders said
they were bullied at least
once a week, according to
Time Magazine, April 18,
|Of course, no
amount of bullying
Does school culture
make it worse?
|Does School Culture
(and school-lawyer culture)
contribute to Bullying in Schools?
|"It would be a holy day if you
were shot dead by a sniper."
Principal in Virginia indicted
Link: Article by Jay Matthews
of Washington Post
|Shinoff keeps important
documents locked up in his
files, and presents perjured
testimony. Does he do it to
benefit children? Or to
promote a system that keeps
dollars flowing to school
attorneys without solving
|Has bullying been
and after the
in San Diego
the meltdown of
Andy Williams, a
who shot two
to death at
said he was
The district says
there is no
strange that find
that eludes the
should pay more
would there be for
"There is no
excuse for that."
Of course not.
Nor is there any
not be spending
millions of dollars
a year on lawyers
like Shinoff and
Bresee who seek
to solve problems.
The money would
be better spent if
were in charge of
And our children
would be safer.
|When parents of two
students shot to death at
Santana High School in
2001 offered to drop
their lawsuit against the
exchange for the district's
holding a conference on
the district refused!
The district would rather
continue spending money
on litigation than accept
his clients' offer to settle
for no money, said
attorney Kenneth Hoyt.
(Associated Press report
on September 9, 2005)
Daniel Shinoff called the
and said the district WAS
NOT CULPABLE. (School
districts to follow a policy
of "no investigation, no
paper trail." Nothing is
forseeable when you
keep your eyes closed!)
Link: Sept 6 2001 San
Diego Union Tribune
|Grossmont School District
failed its students in the
lead-up to the Santana High
says attorney Kenneth Hoyt.
"Andy Williams exhibited
signs and symptoms of a
troubled person...When you
have a student who is
missing excessive days and
whose grades have dropped
remarkably, these are red
flags and there needs to be
some intervention. We
believe that the school
should have procedures in
"Based on the district's own
review last year and
information from the District
Attorney's Office, there is
no evidence that Williams
was bullied at school."
March 13, 2002
San Diego Union Tribune
SDCOE lawyer Daniel
Shinoff Loses Case
Poway High School
students win $300,000
Why didn't the SDCOE JPA
settle this case?
Neither taxpayers nor
students benefited. How
much did taxpayers pay
Shinoff for a case he
should have settled?
|Bullying of kids, teachers
and administrators by
teachers at Castle Park
J. H. Report
Maura Larkins Hearing
Stutz, Artiano Shinoff & Holtz
Castle Park Elementary
Did CVESD Violate EERA
|Joanne Jacobs writes,
"...Americans are seeing
the sharpest decline
in teen crime in modern
history. Schools today are
as safe as they were in the
(March 9, 2006
|Do San Diego County lawyers
instruct school administrators
and teachers to commit
perjury in order to cover up
bullying by teachers and
|Lots of people
want a bully
be run by
|Schools and Violence
|School district was negligent in
Santana shootings, claim says
By Greg Moran
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
March 13, 2002
EL CAJON – The families of two students killed during
a shooting rampage at Santana High School have
sued the school district, saying officials failed to detect
warning signs in the behavior of Charles "Andy"
The lawsuit, filed last week by the families of Bryan
Zuckor and Randy Gordon, accuse the district of
negligence and wrongful death stemming from the
March 5, 2001, shootings.
Zuckor, 14, and Gordon, 17, were killed during a 10-
minute shooting rampage that began in a boys
bathroom on the Santee campus just before 9:30 a.m.
Williams, who had just turned 15, was arrested after
he was subdued by three police officers who rushed
into the bathroom.
Thirteen other people were wounded in the shooting
spree. Williams is facing charges of murder, attempted
murder and assault with a firearm. He has pleaded not
guilty and has been held at Juvenile Hall since his
arrest after the shootings.
The suit contends that the Grossmont Union
High School District did not observe that
Williams was having behavior problems and that
it was negligent in failing to intervene and
address those problems.
Kenneth Hoyt, the attorney representing the
families, said that in the weeks and months
before the shootings Williams was missing
classes and his grades were slipping.
"Andy Williams exhibited signs and symptoms of
a troubled person," Hoyt said. "When you have a
student who is missing excessive days and
whose grades have dropped remarkably, these
are red flags and there needs to be some
intervention. We believe that the school should
have procedures in place."
Williams, who was a freshman at the time, had just
moved to Santee and had been in school for only a
few months. His defense attorneys have said he was
the victim of frequent bullying by others at the school.
District Superintendent Granger Ward disputed those
claims, saying the attack was a criminal act by
someone who brought a gun to campus and shot
students and staffers, and that's where the ultimate
responsibility lies. "It is unfortunate that the
perpetrator of this crime is not the focus, and that's
where the focus should be," said Ward, adding that he
was limited in commenting about the allegations
because of the lawsuit.
Based on the district's own review last year and
information from the District Attorney's Office,
there is no evidence that Williams was bullied at
school, he said.
"What excuse would there be for harming and
shooting others?" Ward added. "There is no excuse
The lawsuit was filed one day after Hoyt filed a
separate suit against Williams and his father, Jeff
Williams. That suit also made wrongful-death and
Staff writer Jill Spielvogel contributed to this report.
Greg Moran: (619) 542-4586; greg.moran@uniontrib.
|Daniel Shinoff denies that bullying contributed to
the meltdown of Andy Williams, a small
15-year-old who shot two fellow students to
death at Santana. His fellow students said he
The district says there is no evidence that
Williams was bullied. (It's strange that reporters
can find out information that eludes the district.
Maybe they should pay more attention.)
Dan Shinoff refused an offer by parents of
shooting victims to settle for no money, if the
school district would hold a conference on school
"What excuse would there be for harming and
shooting others?" said Grossmont High School
District's Superintendent. "There is no excuse for
Of course not.
Nor is there any excuse for tolerance of bullies.
And the taxpayers should not be spending millions
of dollars a year on lawyers like Shinoff who seek
only to avoid responsibility, not to solve
|A 2nd victim's family files claim in
fatal Santana High shooting
By Jill Spielvogel
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
September 6, 2001
The family of a 17-year-old student killed during the
March shooting at Santana filed a legal claim against the
Grossmont district yesterday, saying it should have
taken measures to prevent the rampage.
Mari Gordon-Rayborn, the mother of slain senior Randy
Gordon, filed the claim for the "irreplaceable loss of a
son and brother." She seeks the maximum amount the
district's insurance will allow in damages.
The claim does not make specific allegations other than
the assertion that the district should have taken action to
prevent the accused student from opening fire on the
Santee campus. Charles "Andy" Williams, 15, is charged
with shooting and killing Randy Gordon and 14-year-old
Bryan Zuckor and wounding 13 others.
Gordon-Rayborn declined to comment.
Grossmont Superintendent Granger Ward said, "We had
an unfortunate incident this past March where a young
man was involved in a criminal act, and that's where the
responsibility lays." He declined to say more, citing
On Aug. 22, trustees rejected a claim filed by the family
of Bryan Zuckor, which also asked for the maximum
amount allowed under the district's insurance and did
not make specific allegations of wrongdoing. With the
board's decision, the Zuckor family has six months to file
Trustees have 45 days to act on Gordon-Rayborn's
The school district's attorney, Dan Shinoff, could not be
reached for comment yesterday.
When the Zuckor family filed a claim, Shinoff called
the shooting an unforeseeable criminal act and
said the district was not culpable. There would
have to be evidence of liability for the district to
pay damages, he said.
The district must pay the first $100,000 on any
settlement or judgment from its own budget and has
insurance coverage of up to $14 million beyond that.
State law allows six months to file a claim, and yesterday
marked six months since the March 5 incident. So far in
the aftermath of the Santana shooting, the district has
only received claims from the families of the two students
who were killed.
The family of a Granite Hills freshman injured when a
student opened fire there March 22 filed a claim against
the district in May alleging the school was negligent in
allowing the shooter to come on campus with guns.
Trustees rejected the claim, which sought $250,000 in
therapist and author Lauren
Slater: "We have to judge
the individuals who
committed the horrible
deeds, but we can't judge
them through the lens of
saying, 'I would never have
done that,' ... because the
Millgram experiments show
that under orders, most of us
will do that."
|A Few Bad
Or Normal Human
|It could have turned out
differently if...adults hadn't
been ignorant about desperate
|Should school districts
protect kids from bullies?
Not according to San Diego County
Office of Education's Favorite
Attorney Daniel Shinoff.
|A Culture of
|Is your child safe
|Is your child safe
from victims of
bullying who have
|Why did Grossmont Union
High School District refuse to
have a conference on violence?
San Diego Source
(Online Daily Transcript)
News briefs from San Diego County
September 08, 2005
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of the two
students killed in the Santana High School shooting in
2001 offered to drop their lawsuit against the school
district if it agreed to hold a conference on school
violence. The district has refused, saying it already
has held forums on the topic and beefed up campus
security. Kenneth Hoyt, an attorney representing the
parents, said the district would rather continue
spending money on litigation even as his clients
agree "to settle for no money."
Perhaps because the truth
might come out?
|The Bully Blight
The Bully Blight
Apr. 11, 2005
By MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
Like most of her classmates at Washington High
School in Milwaukee, Wis., La Shanda Trimble, 18, is
attentive to fashion trends; it's the particular trend
she chooses that sets her apart. She's a Goth,
wearing black lipstick and nail polish, listening to
bands like Linkin Park and Rob Zombie rather than
rapper Nelly or R&B star Ciara. She likes to wear her
hair in pigtails instead of the more popularly
accepted braids. The other kids don't approve.
"They think I should act like them,'' says the
11th-grader. "They like me to listen to rap and pop
and wear, like, brand-new shoes."
For these stylistic transgressions, Trimble is routinely
punished. "I'd be walking down to a class, and I'd
hear murmuring, and somebody would say, 'She's
going to put a spell on you.'" One boy rode a broom
into class to mock her; another called her ugly and
crazy. Finally, one day last month, she couldn't take
it anymore. "I started crying uncontrollably," she
says. She's behind in her classwork now because
she avoids going to school whenever she can.
Bullies have lurked in hallways and on playgrounds
ever since history's first day of school, and until
recently, dealing with them was considered just
another painfully useful life lesson. But that attitude
is changing. In 2002 the American Medical
Association warned that bullying is a public-health
issue with long-term mental-health consequences for
both bullies and their victims. Just last month UCLA
researchers published two new studies showing that
bullying is much more widespread and harmful than
During a two-week period at two ethnically diverse
Los Angeles middle schools, says Adrienne Nishina,
a post-doctoral scholar at the UCLA Graduate
School of Education and Information Studies, nearly
half the 192 kids she interviewed reported being
bullied at least once; even more said they had seen
others targeted. Also important, says Nishina: kids
are frequently as distressed by witnessing bullying
as by being bullied.
Why bullying exists isn't entirely clear, but another
study published last week in the Archives of Pediatric
and Adolescent Medicine attributes it at least in part
to excessive television viewing. (Perhaps time spent
in front of the tube is time spent not learning social
skills.) But bullying existed long before TV, and while
this may help explain the persistence of the problem,
it doesn't do much more.
Whatever the reason for bullying, the consequences
are clear. Nishina found that victims feel sick more
often than their classmates do, are absent more
often and tend to have lower grades. They are also
more depressed and withdrawn--a natural reaction,
says Nishina, but one that "can subsequently lead to
more victimization." The studies also indicate that
schools take too narrow a view of what constitutes
bullying. Physical aggression is forbidden, as are
such forms of verbal bullying as sexual harassment
and racial slurs. But the rules are generally silent
about less incendiary name calling. "You're probably
not going to get into trouble if you call someone fat
or stupid," Nishina says. "But our research suggests
victimized students felt equally bad."
She also classifies nonphysical, nonverbal
behaviors, including gestures and making faces, as
bullying. "They happen quite a bit and can have an
effect as well," Nishina says. "But they're very subtle
and very difficult for us to capture and assess well."
Even tougher to assess is the growing phenomenon
of cyberbullying--vicious text messages or e-mails, or
websites on which kids post degrading rumors. A
recent survey of more than 5,500 teens found that
72% of them said online bullying was just as
distressing as the face-to-face kind.
The damage from bullying doesn't stop after
graduation. According to Dr. William Coleman,
professor of pediatrics at the University of North
Carolina School of Medicine, bullies are four times as
likely as the average child to have engaged in
criminal behavior by age 24; they also grow up
deficient in social, coping and negotiating skills and
are more likely to engage in substance abuse.
Victims have similar problems; they also have fewer
friends and are more likely to be depressed.
Since most bullying takes place furtively--in hallways,
bathrooms, the back of the school bus--teachers
have a hard time controlling it. It's not impossible,
though: with the help of Nishina's UCLA adviser and
study co-author, Jaana Juvonen, a local elementary
school put together a program in which teachers,
parents and students review antibullying rules at the
start of each year. The students do role-playing
exercises and sign contracts promising not to bully.
Teachers incorporate lessons about bullying and
coping strategies into classwork. The school has
also hired extra staff to monitor places like
lunchrooms and playgrounds.
A program like that might have saved a lot of trouble
for the Darien, Ill., public-school system. Last
October an eighth-grader who was allegedly
harassing Joey Urban, now 14, wound up rupturing
Joey's eardrum with a poke from a lollipop stick. The
Urbans are suing, complaining that the attacker
received only a three-day suspension. The school
district says that the boys were friends and that the
injury was an accident that occurred while they were
La Shanda Trimble won't have to resort to the
courts. Next year she'll be attending the Alliance
School, founded to create a safe atmosphere for
students who feel unwelcome in traditional settings.
Says co-founder Tina Owen, an English teacher: "A
lot of adults think 'Sticks and stones may break my
bones, but words will never hurt me.' But these
students seemed to be hurting really bad."
--Reported by Elizabeth Coady/ Chicago, Avery
Holton/Austin, Sora Song/New York and Sonja
With reporting by Elizabeth Coady/ Chicago, Avery
Holton/Austin, Sora Song/New York, Sonja
likely to be
of student threat to
teacher status and
teacher pupil control
by Donald J. Willower
James D. Lawrence
" ...a direct relationship
perceptions of student
threat to teacher status
and custodialism in
teacher pupil control